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How to Stop Blinking Christmas Lights (Easy Fix)

If you don’t like blinking Christmas lights but don’t want to replace the entire string, here’s an easy fix.

blinking Christmas lights

Last year, I ran into our local Big Lots and grabbed three boxes of icicle lights for outside decorating. I already had two sets of strings at home. I dragged out the ladder and went to work. Once the lights were hung, I realized the three new sets were blinking, but the old strings weren’t. I bought the wrong boxes. Ugh!

I did test the lights before I hung them to make they work, but the blinking doesn’t start for several minutes after lights are plugged in. Needles to say it looked weird and I was frustrated. No way I was going to take them down and restart. I was cold, tired and cranky after hanging lights for several hours. So I just let them be.

blinking Christmas lights

This year, however, I  wanted non-blinking lights on my house without replacing the three light sets I had bought the previous year. Blinking Christmas lights are not my thing. It is such an easy fix and I bet most of you already knew that. But, maybe, just maybe, there is one person out there who didn’t know… hey, I’m glad I could help.

blinking Christmas lights

The blinking light string has a few bulbs (mine had three) with a red or silver tip. These are the blinking bulbs. Find them, take them out and replace them with clear, steady bulbs (extra packet of bulbs is always included with the string of lights) that look like the rest on the string. This will stop them from blinking.

blinking Christmas lights

blinking Christmas lights

It’s all good this year. Nothing is blinking. These easy steps will help you transform a strand of lights that blink into a non-blinking strand of lights.

Important Tip: Make sure  your Christmas light strand is unplugged before you remove and replace any bulbs.

Dollar Tree Gallery Wall

Gallery wall done on a Dollar Tree budget.

Dollar Tree Gallery wall

Last week, I decided to update my hallway gallery wall. I wanted an easy layout that would bring a non-cluttered feel to the narrow hallway yet still add personality. So the search for simple yet affordable picture frames began.

A trip to The Dollar Tree was all I needed. I bought 20 simple frames in two different sizes. I kept my four old large frames.

Some photos are pretty old … like this one of my mom when she was pregnant with me in 1970.

Some are current; some in black and white.

Dollar Tree Gallery wall

Dollar Tree Gallery wall

Some full of priceless memories … like this photo I took of my then 10-year-old daughter. The dress, the guitar, the brick wall … just like it was yesterday. Memories all over the wall.

Dollar Tree Gallery Wall

Some ” design experts” will tell you not to display too many family photographs. To me a house without photographs doesn’t feel like a home.

My daughter Christy once wrote a song titled A Place To Call Home. With this song she captured our life experiences and move to Nashville. These two lines from the song will always stick with me.

“Pictures are first on the wall in a second

A constant reminder of who we are.”

I’ll keep adding to my gallery ( even if design experts don’t agree with) until the picture frames reach the bottom. In the meantime, these photos “are a constant reminder of who we are”.

DIY Garage Floor Painting – 2 Years Later

How did my DIY garage floor painting hold up? Two years ago ( I think it was Labor Day weekend),  I made over my garage. I purged, organized, built storage and painted the floor. So much work, yet so worth it!

garage floor paint

DIY Garage Wall Storage

garage storage

garage storage

garage floor paint

garage floor painting

So how did the paint hold up? Actually, really great.

Garage Floor Painting

Garage Floor Painting

Garage Floor Painting

I purposely didn’t clean the floor for these photos. As you can see,  it’s been a while.  While I don’t park my car in the garage every day, I do park it inside during extreme hot or frigid temperatures.

I do laundry in my garage and I also store all my lawnmowers. I am impressed with how well the garage floor paint has held up. I don’t see any bubbles and barely any chipping. I just need to give it a good cleaning.

The success of the floor all depends on the prep work done before you paint. It’s tedious work but you want to get it done right.  Is it necessary to paint the garage floor? No, but it looks nicer and makes it easier to clean the floor since the paint seals the floor against stains and moisture.

Would I recommend DIY garage floor painting? Yes. It’s doable and cost is minimal. Besides, fresh paint makes the garage look clean and “not scary”.